In the mid-1930’s, Henry Ford began to search for a covered bridge to add to Greenfield Village. Henry Ford’s interest in bridges instilled heightened local pride of those states that had covered bridges. As a result, many dilapidated covered bridges were suddenly considered to have historic value, and were retained and repaired.
Bridges - Covered Bridges
The Ackley Covered Bridge was built over Wheeling Creek between Washington and Greene counties in southwestern Pennsylvania by Joshua Ackley & Daniel Clouse in 1832 on land owned by the Joshua Ackley family. The bridge had fallen into disrepair and was scheduled to be torn down after 105 years of service.